"Crush" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Cupid got to Idol's sweetheart.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The song innocently details a big crush, with lines like "Why do I keep running from the truth/all I ever think about is you/You got me hypnotized, so mesmerized..."


Although the song is all about infatuation, there are no overtly sexual lyrics.


Archuleta was the runner-up on American Idol and this is his first single after the show. The single debuted on Elvis Duran's radio show, whose site promotes the radio station. Before visitors could listen to the song, they were shown a short ad by the radio station.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this first song off American Idol's up-coming album discusses a romantic crush. However, the lyrics are sweet and innocent and rarely even teeter toward sexual; instead they concentrate on the common teen emotions of insecurity, confusion, and euphoria.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySusan M. August 4, 2010
What tween/teen hasn't gone through a crush? Even parents remember those early days of love. Very relatable and a great first single for David.
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 September 28, 2009


i luv David and his music! Go out and but the alblum today it rocks!!!!!!!! WARNING: do not buy it for kids under the age of 8. The song talks about relationshi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana January 12, 2011


sweet song.
Teen, 13 years old Written byocie14 August 23, 2010


love this song, and this band!!!

What's the story?

The much anticipated debut single by American Idol's Season 7 runner-up, David Archuleta has been released to much fanfare. "CRUSH" mixes R&B beats with bubblegum pop lyrics as Archuleta croons about his crush and his mixed emotions about this relationship.

Is it any good?

David Archuleta was the sweet kid on American Idol that everyone was rooting for, and his innocent appeal has been very wisely captured on this debut single. Rather than take on the role of the heartbreaker or ladies man, Archuleta stays with his down-to-earth roots to create a sweet and easy-to-listen-to single. It's hard not to feel for Archuleta as he cries, "I know this crush ain't goin' away." From the sound of the first single, it looks like there will be plenty of crushes to come once the full album debuts this fall.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Archuleta chose to debut this single on a radio program. With the popularity of music videos and Web sites, do you think it's a surprise that he chose radio? Also, what type of buzz has the single attracted? Why do you think Archuleta chose to release this single months before his album?

Music details

  • Artist: David Archuleta
  • Release date: August 1, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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